Month: January 2011

Did you know? Wyatt Cenac interned at SNL in the ’90s, will tape a stand-up special in 2011

Wyatt Cenac may not have performed stand-up on last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but he did drop some comedy knowledge bombs on Fallon and the audience. Such as: Cenac interned at SNL in the days before Fallon! He also let it be known that he's taping his own stand-up comedy special this Jan. 22, 2011, at the Skirball Center at NYU. No link available yet for tickets. I'll post it here when it's up. Presumably, this is for Comedy Central, although neither Cenac nor Fallon mentioned the network by name. Exhibit A: Roll the clip!...

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First look: Season two of Funny or Die Presents on HBO presents more funny than die, redux

However you may have felt about the first season of Funny or Die Presents on HBO, well, get ready to remember and relive those feelings later this month, because the second season is a lot more of the same. And then some. Getting an early look at the first three episodes of season two (debuting Jan. 14, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, respectively), I can assure you that the one major problem from season one has been dispensed with — there does not appear to be any idea that has been cut up and diluted into serial episodes. The recurring ideas all can stand on their own. Not that they all should, mind you. For instance, starting off the season with Deepak Chopra as Rob Huebel's guest in the first installment of his series, "Do You Want To See A Dead Body?", isn't exactly an inspired decision. Remember how much you laughed along with Chopra in The Love Guru? Exactly. Huebel fares better later in the season when he gets Ben Stiller to tag along. And here Huebel is with former NFL player Warren Sapp.   The second-season premiere hits the mark much better with Ben Schwartz's "Terrible Decisions," as well as the sublime and ridiculously NSFW turns by Seth Morris and June Diane Raphael as Lt. Ducca and Det. Phuk in "United States Police Department" (who appear again...

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Coming soon to Comedy Central: Season Two of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show

As you may recall, January is stand-up comedy month at Comedy Central, which means it's almost time to start seeing the new season of half-hour Comedy Central Presents, and it's time, like it or not, for your favorite comedians (and some you don't favor) to curry favor with you on Twitter, Facebook and however else you receive pleas for votes for the annual "Stand-Up Showdown." But wait. There's more. You read the headline. John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show returns for a second season on March 24, 2011, but Oliver and his friends will tape their episodes over three nights this month — Jan. 14-16 — at NYU's Skirball Center. Lineups are still being finalized, but so far, we know that Greg Behrendt, Pete Holmes and Maria Bamford will serve as the three show headliners. If you're 18 or older and will be in the NYC area during those nights, you can ask for tickets to watch the tapings...

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